Swiss Travel System

Swiss Half Fare Card

This card provides savings up to 50% off for travel on most trains, boats, and buses in Switzerland

  • 50% discount on most trains, buses and boats for one month
  • Issued as a paper document
  • Discounts off 1st and 2nd class travel
  • Free Swiss Family Card : Children under 16 travel for free with a parent or legal guardian

WHO

WHAT


Overview

This is a truly incredible offer on some of the most scenic railways in all of Europe. The Swiss Half Fare Card isn’t just a Swiss train discount of 50% that lasts a month ! It’s a Swiss train discount, and a Swiss bus discount, and a Swiss boat discount, and a Swiss mountain railway discount, at 50% off, all lasting for a full month ! That’s a Swiss half fare that’s ideal for longer stays in Switzerland, especially since there’s public transportation in 75 towns and cities to use it in ! How about that ! A country that’s already famous for chocolate found a way to be even more tempting !


Bernina Express Scenic Train.

How does it work?

Rail Passes in 3 steps

1. Pick the right rail pass

Pick the right rail pass

Rail passes can be booked for travel in one specific country or you can choose one of a few pre-selected country/region combinations. Extensive travel plans? Try the Eurail Global Pass offering train travel in 31 different countries - including Great Britain.
Once you've selected your pass, its price will depend on the class of service selected, passenger type, and the number of rail travel days.

Use our Pass Finder

2. Reserve your seats

Reserve your seats

For many trains in Switzerland, seat reservations are not required. Simply board the train with your rail pass and choose any open seat.

Book Seat Reservations

3. Activate and travel

Activate and travel

Your pass was pre-validated at the time of booking, it is now valid for use for the duration you selected. You're all set and ready to explore.

Common Questions

Rail pass benefits

More than just trains

And the Swiss Half Fare Card is packed with bonuses to make your trip even more enjoyable. You'll get discounts on buses and trains or hotels or cruises or ferries or museums or activities, and more.
With the Swiss Half Fare Card, the benefits like the connections it provides - are everywhere. Whether you are an adventurous traveler or avid planner, the Swiss Half Fare Card is your pass to freedom and an unforgettable journey of discovery.

  •  Main discounts and bonuses in Swiss Half Fare Card


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From our travel community

Help!! need advice on train tickets zurich to interlaken with day trip to lucerne Any advice appreciated!!! need advice on Swiss trains!! I will be in Zurich for a couple days, then moving on to Interlaken, and thinking about doing a day trip to Lucerne on the way to Interlaken. Is Lucerne worth the day trip (have heard the (...)

Kelsey Carrier | 2019/04/04 complete | 7 Comments
Is swiss half fare card valid on tgv from basel to paris? Hi, I am international traveller planning to travel on TGV from Basel to Paris. Whether Swiss Half fare Card is valid for journey from Basel toParis?

Vrajesh Vadwala | 2019/03/16 complete | 2 Comments
Eurail global pass or best option for munich, schiltach, lucerne, grindelwald, montreux, zermatt, varenna, and (...) We have a trip coming up from May 12th 2019 - May 25th 2019 starting in Munich and ending in Venice. I need some guidance for our route as well as knowing which trains we would have to buy separate from the global pass. We will also have a konus (...)

Cameron Black | 2019/02/28 complete | 9 Comments
Swiss half tax for bernina express from chur to tirano? Hello! I am booking a round trip journey from Chur to Tirano. I have a half tax card from Switzerland. Can I use this for a discounted ticket even if the journey ends in Italy? Thank you! (...)

Kortney Mclouth | 2019/02/24 complete | 1 Comments
Is it worth getting the swiss pass if not traveling on continuous days? I've been reading up on Switzerland since will be traveling with a friend in the fall. Rick Steves recommended the Swiss pass so was looking into that. We will be there for about a week so looks like if we got that we would get the 8 day (...)

Meg | 2018/07/15 complete | 7 Comments

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FAQ

Common Questions, Simple Answers

  • Q. Can I get the address and phone number for the train station ?

  • Q. Where do I my send train tickets and/or rail passes for refund ?

  • Q. What is the benefit of buying passes through the group department versus the web ?

  • Q. What do I do if my train goes through a country not listed on my rail pass ?

  • Q. Can I sit in First class if I have a Second class rail pass ?

  • Q. What is the Rail Protection Plan™ ?

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  • Q. If I register on your site, will I start receiving spam ?

  • Q. What should I do if I’m unable to print my e-ticket at the station ?

  • Q. What information does Rail Europe retain from my Facebook account ?

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